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Chardonnay Barrique Ferment 2016 NZ

£24.00per bottle

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Chardonnay Barrique Ferment

Stone fruit, toasty oak, yeast

Tasting notes

Definitive stone fruit Chardonnay varietal character with a touch of citrus alongside a lovely seam of lightly toasted French oak, yeasty notes and limestone minerality.

A clean/fresh ‘attack’ leading to a tight and linear mid-palate. Refreshing and lively fruit flavours with obvious French oak and yeast influence. A long finish with citrus flavours kicking in at the end.

Style notes

  • A bright and vibrant barrel-fermented Chardonnay – essentially fruit-driven with restrained use of oak, malo and yeast influences.
  • Grapes were handpicked and gently pressed as small batches prior to fermentation in (mainly) French barriques.
  • Estate bottled and hand-labelled, individually numbered, 2615 bottles produced.

Secret Sommelier's comments

Tony Prichard certainly knows how to handle Chardonnay. Love the level of oak here. It’s more noticeable than the Reserve, but the texture and flavour intensity carry it so well. Ripe fleshy stone fruit is balanced by zesty citrus and the ‘leesy’ texture from occasional stirring. The limestone minerality comes through on the finish which is long lasting.

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